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    Source:  Anthony James Leatham

    Petition to assess RESPONSIBLY the health impacts of wind turbines and set a minimum set back distance of 2km  

    Source:  Anthony James Leatham | Health, Petitions, Setbacks, U.K.

    We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to assess RESPONSIBLY the health impacts of wind turbines and set a minimum set back distance of 2km.


    Submitted by Mr. Anthony James Leatham

    Deadline to sign up by: 09 September 2009

    In response to a recent petition about minimum setback distance from wind turbines, the Government’s reply used old surveys carried out by Hayes McKenzie, a firm of accoustic engineers deeply embedded in the wind industry.

    Unsurprisingly, the outcome was a foregone conclusion: there are no problems.

    This was highly irresponsible of the government. Hayes McKenzie are not health specialists so asking them their opinion on the impacts on turbines is as meaningful as asking David Beckham to comment on quantum physics.

    It’s also a bit like asking the poacher to turn game keeper.

    The methodology adopted by the Government should have been to embrace the work of medical experts actively engaged in dealing with the harmful effects of living in close proximity to wind turbines: sleep depirvation, vibro-acoustic disease and wind turbine syndrome.

    I call upon them to investigate the full impact without an a priori agenda to determine an outcome favourable to their deeply flawed energy policy, and to act in the best interests of the citizens of this country who are forced to live next to industrial sized turbines.

    Note from Angela Kelly, Country Guardian:

    Campaigners should be aware that requests for a specific 2km set back can infer that industrial wind turbines are acceptable at any distance which is set back further than 2km.

    However, after much thought, I personally , have concluded that that it is better to sign this petition as otherwise the BWEA and the government will doubtless use lack of signatories as public acceptance of wind turbines in general.

    We are up against master ‘spinners’, political and professional – people who actually earn a living by promoting this destructive industry. Consumers and taxpayers are forced to subsidise this national disaster. Unfortunately most of them have no idea of what is being perpetrated in their name until it hits their own backyard. These government petitions are merely a ruse to be seen to be interested in public opinion. However many sign up to such anti-wind petitions can be dismissed as a “minority” as it still does not affect the great majority. One petition against cars being monitored through satnav – signed by tens of thousands – drew a bland response from the government.

    Politicians are more interested in short term ‘fixes’ than long term solutions.

    In spite of all the above, I hope with all my heart that this petition will be successful.

    The last 2km set back petition reached about 4,000. We must try and make this one at least 10,000

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